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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Rhoda Grant

Scottish Labour

MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 2007 - present day

Former MSP for Highlands and Islands (Region) 1999 - 2003

About Rhoda Grant

Contact details

Contact online

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5766
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

3 Gordon Terrace
Inverness
IV2 3HD

Phone: 01463 716299
Text relay calls welcome.

Find out when the MSP's surgery times are on their website.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Rhoda is a member of 22 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Carers

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cuba

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Deafness

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Diabetes

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Epilepsy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Food

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gàidhlig

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Human Trafficking

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Men's Violence Against Women and Children

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Muscular Dystrophy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Older People, Age and Ageing

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Rural Policy

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scotch Whisky

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Social Science

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Taiwan

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Tibet

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Visual Impairment

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Women's Justice

Member

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Rhoda does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Rhoda has 1 party role

Party Spokesperson on Justice

Scottish Labour

Previous roles

Rhoda has had 48 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

05 May 2020 - 25 November 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Member

28 April 2020 - 16 November 2020

Party Spokesperson on Eradication of Poverty and Social Inequality

Scottish Labour

10 September 2019 - 05 May 2020

Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee

Substitute Member

02 September 2019 - 28 April 2020

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Labour

10 September 2019 - 05 February 2020

Finance and Constitution Committee

Substitute Member

25 June 2019 - 30 October 2019

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Appointed Member

09 January 2018 - 10 September 2019

Standards Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Substitute Member

23 April 2019 - 10 September 2019

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Substitute Member

09 January 2018 - 10 September 2019

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Substitute Member

03 June 2019 - 02 September 2019

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

04 October 2018 - 02 September 2019

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

01 November 2018 - 20 November 2018

Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Member

21 December 2017 - 22 October 2018

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Parliamentary Business

Scottish Labour

19 December 2017 - 04 October 2018

Party Spokesperson on Women and Equality

Scottish Labour

08 June 2016 - 09 January 2018

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee

Member

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Party Spokesperson on Rural Economy

Scottish Labour

25 May 2016 - 19 December 2017

Party Spokesperson on Telecommunications

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Social Inclusion

Scottish Labour

06 January 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Care

Scottish Labour

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Equal Opportunities

Scottish Labour

07 October 2015 - 23 March 2016

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

03 September 2013 - 23 March 2016

Health and Sport Committee

Member

24 August 2015 - 23 March 2016

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Welfare

Scottish Labour

06 January 2015 - 24 August 2015

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Sport

Scottish Labour

01 June 2011 - 03 September 2013

Economy Energy and Tourism Committee

Member

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Enterprise

Scottish Labour

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Tourism

Scottish Labour

20 December 2011 - 10 July 2013

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Energy

Scottish Labour

23 June 2011 - 21 May 2013

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

20 May 2011 - 20 December 2011

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Labour

20 May 2011 - 20 December 2011

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Labour

30 April 2009 - 22 March 2011

Health and Sport Committee

Member

05 November 2009 - 22 March 2011

Equal Opportunities Committee

Substitute Member

17 September 2008 - 22 March 2011

Deputy Whip

Scottish Labour

05 November 2009 - 22 March 2011

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Member

02 October 2008 - 04 November 2009

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Substitute Member

24 September 2008 - 20 April 2009

Deputy Party Spokesperson on Rural Development

Scottish Labour

24 September 2008 - 20 April 2009

Deputy Party Spokesperson on the Economy

Scottish Labour

27 June 2007 - 01 October 2008

Local Government and Communities Committee

Substitute Member

13 June 2007 - 01 October 2008

Public Petitions Committee

Member

20 September 2007 - 01 October 2008

Health and Sport Committee

Member

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Rural Development Committee

Member

08 January 2001 - 31 March 2003

Public Petitions Committee

Member

26 February 2002 - 31 March 2003

Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Minister for Social Justice

Scottish Government

17 June 1999 - 07 January 2001

Finance Committee

Member

17 June 1999 - 07 January 2001

Rural Affairs Committee

Member

Register of interests

Rhoda's register of interests

MSPs must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement on becoming or being returned as an MSP. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for Rhoda Grant. The date of their initial statement was 25 May 2016.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

From January 2016 until the dissolution of Parliament on 23 March 2016 I was in receipt of the services of an intern who was working in my office for 2 days a week. The intern scheme is Scottish Government funded but administered through Inclusion Scotland (a consortium of organisations of disabled people and disabled individuals of 2nd Floor, Hayweight House, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ). The value of this support was £1876.88.

I am in receipt of the services of an intern, who will be working in my office from 26 September 2017 to 26 July 2018. The post is unpaid, but the intern receives a bursary of £7,700 as a member of the educational Leadership Programme of the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF. The value of the material support provided to me by CARE is £7,700. [Registered 26 September 2017]

I am in receipt of the services of an intern, who will be working in my office from 29 September 2020 until 22 July 2021. The value of the material support provided to me is £6,600. The costs of this support are met by CARE ((Christian Action Research and Education), of 53 Romney Street, London, SW1P 3RF). [Registered 30 September 2020]

Overseas visits

No registrable interests

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

I am a member of the Co-Operative Party MSP Group.

From 7 to 13 October 2018, I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). The trip was arranged by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK Edinburgh Office (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan). I met a number of government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The cost of the flight was £4,135, and the cost of the hotel and ancillary expenses was £835. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. [Registered 8 November 2018]

I am the Vice Chair of Friends of the Far North Line. This is an honorary position for which I receive no remuneration.

From 6 to 12 October 2015 I visited Taiwan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China. The trip was arranged by the Director General, Taipei Representative Office (Edinburgh office) in the UK, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China Department (of 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7PE). I met a number of Government departments, as well as trade and cultural organisations. The cost of the flight was £3065, and the cost of the hotel and ancillary expenses was £818.50. These costs were met by the Taiwanese Government. I do not consider that this meets the prejudice test but wish it to be registered in the voluntary section of my register.

I am a member of Unison.

I am a member of the Co-Operative Party.

I am a Director of the North Applecross Woodlands Company Limited. There is no remuneration attached to the post. [Registered 29 September 2020]

Recent Activity

What was said

What Rhoda Grant has said in Parliament

These are the official transcripts of what was said by this MSP in the chamber and at committee meetings. You'll find the topic discussed and how many times this MSP has contributed to the discussion.

Chamber meeting date: 14 January 2021

Covid-19 (Business Support)

5. Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government how much it will allocate to support businesses experiencing difficulties due to Covid-19 that do not qualify for current schemes, or for which the assistance is inadequate to meet their needs. (S5O-04909)"

Chamber meeting date: 13 January 2021

Covid-19 Restrictions (Enforcement)

7. Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "To ask the First Minister what analysis the Scottish Government has undertaken regarding whether the level of police enforcement of emergency Covid-19 regulations is appropriate and the impact this is having on compliance with the restrictions…

Justice Committee meeting date: 12 January 2021

Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "The confusion relates partly to the fact that notices will be imposed by the police; it appears that there will be something of a pecking order, if a notice will supersede what has been imposed by the court…

Chamber meeting date: 4 January 2021

Covid-19

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "I previously raised with the Scottish Government the issue of people in the Highlands and Islands often not having access to home testing…

Chamber meeting date: 23 December 2020

Islands (Housing for Young People)

5. Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): "To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to the calls for young people living on Scotland’s islands to be given first refusal for available housing in order to tackle depopulation. (S5O-04893)"

Votes

How Rhoda Grant has voted in Parliament

Find out how Rhoda Grant has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23815.2

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 30 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23815

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Supported by: Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 92 for, 30 against, 1 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23815.3

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Supported by: Anas Sarwar
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 94 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23768

Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 21, 2020

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5 SP Bill 77 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Rhoda Grant has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S5W-34229

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what instructions it has given to hospitals in the Highlands and Islands with regard to undertaking (a) routine and (b) priority operations."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33915

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many virtual prison visits there have been each month since January 2020, broken down by prison."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33914

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the number of mobile telephone calls that have been made by prisoners to (a) Samaritans, (b) Breathing Space and (c) other mental health helplines in each month since April 2020, broken down by prison."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 22 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33934

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 9 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there has been a delay with the statutory consultation on the merger of Shetland College with Train Shetland and the North Atlantic Fisheries College Marine Centre; by what date the consultation will begin, and how long it will last."

Answered by: John Swinney on 18 December 2020

Question ref. S5O-04893

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to the calls for young people living on Scotland's islands to be given first refusal for available housing in order to tackle depopulation."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33708

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many prisoners have been released (a) during 2020 to date and (b) from 23 March 2020 to date."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 14 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33707

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many prisoners were moved to the Open Prison system from elsewhere in the prison system (a) during 2020 to date and (b) from 23 March 2020 to date."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 14 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33709

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many electronic tagging orders have been issued (a) during 2020 to date and (b) from 23 March 2020 to date."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-33710

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many community disposal orders have been issued (a) during 2020 to date and (b) from 23 March 2020 to date."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S5W-32401

Asked by: Grant, Rhoda, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 8 October 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many environmental health officers from each local authority area have been seconded to NHS Test and Protect teams."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 3 December 2020

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